Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Accessibility Guide for

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Accessibility Guide for
Version 11
Accessibility Guide for
Participants
September, 2011
Table of Contents
Preface
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Conventions Used in this Guide
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Operating System Differences
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Notes
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Typographical Conventions
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Getting Help
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Documentation and Training Materials
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Technical Support
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Chapter 1 Getting Started
System Requirements
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Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
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Operating System
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Java Web Start
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Screen Readers
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Getting Ready for a Blackboard Collaborate Session
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Using this Guide
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Chapter 2 The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Room
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The Content Area Modes
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Managing Panels and Windows
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Working with Windows
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Working with Panels
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Managing Audio
Using the Audio Setup Wizard
Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Levels
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Microphone Level
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Speaker Level
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Chapter 3 Navigation
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Keyboard Navigation
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Navigating Between Modules
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Navigating Between Elements
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Navigating Within a Toolbar of a Module Window
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Navigating Within Drop-Down Menus
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Navigating Between and Within Content Modes
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Navigating within Whiteboard Content Mode
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Navigating within Application Sharing Mode
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Navigating within Web Tour Mode
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Navigating Between and Reading Whiteboard Pages
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Navigating Between Chat Conversation Tabs
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Using Mnemonic and Keyboard Shortcuts
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Mnemonics
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Keyboard Shortcuts
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Chapter 4 The Activity Window
Opening and Closing the Activity Window
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Displaying Events
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Filtering Events for Display
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Resizing Activity Window Text
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Showing/Hiding Time Stamps
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Reading Events with a Screen Reader
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Entering Commands
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Live Session Commands
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Recording Playback Command
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Chapter 5 Closed-Captioning
Closed-Captioning Activity and Permission Indicators
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Table of Contents
Entering Closed-Captioning Text
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Viewing Closed-Captioning Text
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Saving Closed-Captioning Text
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Closing and Reopening the Closed Captioning Window
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Chapter 6 Accessibility Options
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Setting Notification Preferences
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Audible Notifications
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Visual Notifications
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Application Sharing Options
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Viewing a Shared Application
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Scaling the Shared Content
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Maximizing the Content Area
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Emphasized Cursor
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Hosting Options
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Chat Options
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Notes Options
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Copyright
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Trademarks
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Preface
This guide is written for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing users with visual, auditory or
motor disabilities. It describes the accessibility features in Blackboard Collaborate intended for
these users.
Note: For a complete instructions on using Blackboard Collaborate, refer
to the Participant's Guide available on the On-Demand Learning Center at
http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Services/OnDemand-Learning-Center/Web-Conferencing.aspx.
See Getting Started on page 5 for a list of which sections in this guide are relevant to your particular needs.
Conventions Used in this Guide
Operating System Differences
This guide is written for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing users on all supported operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
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Keystrokes and Mouse Clicks
The same keystrokes and mouse clicks are used on Windows and Linux platforms. Those used
on Mac OS X are different. This guide gives instructions for users of all supported operating systems. The Windows/Linux keystrokes or mouse clicks are given first, followed by those for Mac
OS X (in parentheses):
Mouse Click Example
Select the object and then right-click (Control-Click on Mac) anywhere on the Whiteboard to display the context menu.
Keystroke Example
Select the object(s) in the Whiteboard or in the Object Explorer and then enter Ctrl+X (Command-X on Mac) to cut the object(s).
Screen Captures
Most screen captures shown in this guide were taken in a Windows environment. If you are running Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing on a Mac OS X or Linux platform, the appearance of windows, dialog boxes, etc. will differ slightly from those shown in this guide.
Variables
There are a few places in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing that are populated with data
specific to the session. Because we do not know in advance what those data (e.g., words or
names) will be, in this guide they are represented by variables enclosed in angle brackets. For
example, the variable <Panel Name> is used in the discussion of Restoring Default Prefence Setttings to represent the name of the currently selected panel.
Notes
Six types of notes are used in this guide to highlight information:
Note: Notes are used to highlight important information or to present
asides relevant to the topic at hand.
Tip: Tips provide helpful information on how to most effectively use a
particular feature of Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.
Caution: Cautions alert you to potentially confusing terminology or
difficulties that may occur when using Blackboard Collaborate Web
Conferencing.
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Warning: Warnings alert you to potentially serious problems.
Notes of this format are used to highlight Linux-specific information.
Notes of this format are used to highlight Mac-specific information.
Typographical Conventions
Convention
Description
1. Number
Indicates a step in a task.
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Hollow bullets
Indicates that there are several options available for completing a
task, but only one is necessary.
Bold
Represents clickable elements in the user interface (e.g., text
links, buttons, tabs, etc.). Also used to give emphasis to words.
Italics
Represents menu items, options and parameters. Also used for
cross references.
Monospace
Indicates pathnames, filenames, folders and command lines.
<brackets>
Indicates variables.
Getting Help
Documentation and Training Materials
Documentation and training materials (for all Blackboard Collaborate products) are available on
the On-Demand Learning Center, which can be reached in two ways:
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From within Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, select Additional Documentation
from the Help menu.
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In your browser, enter the following address:
http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Services/On-Demand-Learning-Center.aspx
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You can directly open the following documents from within Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing by selecting them from the Help menu:
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Keyboard Shortcuts
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Accessibility Guide (Moderator's version)
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Blackboard Collaborate Essentials for Moderators
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Blackboard Collaborate Essentials for Participants
Technical Support
Blackboard Collaborate technical support and the support Knowledge Base are available through
the Support Portal:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com
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Chapter 1
Getting Started
Before you begin using the accessibility features of Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing,
we recommend you do the following:
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ensure your system meets the necessary requirements (see System Requirements below);
get Blackboard Collaborate ready to use accessibility features (see Getting Ready for a
Blackboard Collaborate Session on page 7);
see which parts of this guide are most relevant to you (see Using this Guide on page 7);
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familiarize yourself with the Blackboard Collaborate user interface.
System Requirements
In order to use the accessibility features in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, you must
meet the following system requirements.
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing The full set of accessibility features are available only in the English version of Blackboard Collaborate version 11.
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Operating System
Only Windows operating systems support all of the Blackboard Collaborate accessibility features:
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Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit) or Windows 7 (32 bit)
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Pentium III 1 GHz processor
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256 MB RAM
Linux (Ubuntu 9.10) and Mac (Mac OS X 10.5 or higher) support only some of the Blackboard
Collaborate accessibility features.
Java Web Start
Java version 1.5 or higher (32-bit only) is required to run Blackboard Collaborate and the Java
Accessibility Bridge (see below). (A 64-bit version of Java is not compatible with the Java Accessibility Bridge, which only comes in a 32-bit version.)
To check to see if you have the correct version of Java, open the following web page:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473
The “Step 1- Checking System Requirements” will tell you whether or not you have the required
version of Java Web Start and, if not, provide a link to the Java download page.
Screen Readers
JAWS (version 9, 10 or 11) is the only supported screen reader for Blackboard Collaborate version 11.
For further details on JAWS and the Java Access Bridge, see the Knowledge Base Article What
are the System Requirements for the Java Access Bridge and JAWS? at the following web page:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=692
Java Access Bridge
The Java™ Access Bridge is a technology that allows assistive technologies (such as screen readers, magnifiers, etc.) to access Java applications and applets, including Blackboard Collaborate.
In order to use Blackboard Collaborate with the JAWS screen reader, you must install Java
Access Bridge version 2.0.1.
To download this tool, go to the following web page and then click on the Download the
Java Access Bridge 2.0.1 link:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/tech/jab-previous-releases-354403.html
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Note: Whenever you install a new version of Java, you must re-install the
Java Access Bridge. There is no need to download the installer again; after
the first installation you can find it in the following location:
C:\Program Files\Java Access Bridge\installer.exe
Getting Ready for a Blackboard Collaborate Session
If you will be using JAWS to navigate through the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
interface, be sure to do the following:
1. Start JAWS before you log in to the session.
2. Verify that the Java Access Bridge is working.
3. Configure JAWS to read all access keys so the mnemonic keys are spoken aloud; otherwise, you won’t be able to identify them. This setting is found under the basic settings of
JAWS.
It is advisable to enter the room early (before the session starts) so you can configure your Blackboard Collaborate interface to suit your particular needs. How early you can enter the room is
set by the session creator. The default is 30 minutes but the session creator may change that.
1. For those using audio in your Blackboard Collaborate session, run the Audio Setup Wizard
to ensure your microphone and speakers are set to suitable levels. For details, see Using
the Audio Setup Wizard on page 18.
2. For all users, set which Audible and Visual Notifications you wish to receive in the session.
For details, see Setting Notification Preferences on page 59.
Using this Guide
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing has been designed to meet the needs of users of various abilities. Some of the accessibility features are helpful to those whose mobility make it difficult for them to use a mouse, others are for users who are deaf or hard of hearing and others
are for users with limited vision (including color blindness) or no vision.
The following table lists the various target audiences and the accessibility features from which
each would benefit, including a reference to the relevant section in this document.
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User Issue
Accessibility Features
Low Vision
Maximizing window and panel sizes: refer to Managing Panels
and Windows on page 14
Activity Window: refer to The Activity Window on page 41
Audible Notifications: refer to Audible Notifications on page 59
Keyboard Shortcuts: refer to Keyboard Shortcuts on page 31
Hot Keys: refer to Hot Keys on page 36
Keyboard Navigation: refer to Keyboard Navigation on page 24
Chat text size options: refer to Chat Options on page 1
Notes text size options: refer to Notes Options on page 1
Session Plan Display Setting preferences: refer to Display Settings
on page 1
Application Sharing hosting option Emphasize cursor: refer to
Hosting Options on page 64
Application Sharing viewing features to scale the shared content
and maximize the content area: refer to Viewing a Shared Application on page 63
Blind
Activity Window: refer to The Activity Window on page 41
Audible Notifications: refer to Setting Notification Preferences on
page 59
Keyboard Shortcuts: refer to Keyboard Shortcuts on page 31
Hot Keys: refer to Hot Keys on page 36
Keyboard Navigation: refer to Keyboard Navigation on page 24
Deaf or Hard of
Hearing
Activity Window: refer to The Activity Window on page 41
Visual Notifications: refer to Setting Notification Preferences on
page 59
Closed-Captioning: refer to Closed-Captioning on page 53
Audio volume controls: refer to Adjusting Microphone and
Speaker Levels on page 20
Audio Setup Wizard: refer to Using the Audio Setup Wizard on
page 18
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User Issue
Accessibility Features
Mobility
Keyboard Shortcuts: refer to Keyboard Shortcuts on page 31
Hot Keys: refer to Hot Keys on page 36
Mnemonic Keys: refer to Mnemonics on page 30
Keyboard Navigation: refer to Keyboard Navigation on page 24
Color Blind
Session Plan Viewing options Color of covered items and Color of
action hyperlinks: refer to Viewing Options on page 1
Application Sharing hosting options Shared Region Highlight
Color and Emphasize cursor: refer to Hosting Options on page 64
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Chapter 2
The Blackboard Collaborate Web
Conferencing Room
The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing room consists of six main components: the
menu bar at the top, three panels on the left (Audio & Video panel on top, the Participants panel
in the middle and Chat panel on the bottom), the Collaboration toolbar at the top of the right
side and the main content area on the right (for displaying Whiteboard, Application Sharing and
Web Tour content).
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The Menu bar contains the File, Edit, View, Tools, Windows and Help menus.
The Audio & Video panel enables you to participate in conversations either using a
microphone and speakers (or headset) or via a teleconference. You also can transmit and
receive Video during the session and preview your video before transmitting it.
The Participants panel provides a list of all Participants and Moderators in the session
and information about their current activities, such as talking (Audio), transmitting Video,
sending a Chat message, using the Whiteboard drawing tools and conducting an Application Sharing session.
Above the Participants list is a small toolbar containing buttons for raising your hand and
stepping away from the session and menus for selecting polling responses and feedback
options.
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The Chat panel enables you to send Chat messages to everyone in the room or to Moderators only. By selecting names in the Participants list, you can send private Chat messages to individuals. Messages can be printed and saved to track session communication.
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The Collaboration toolbar contains three buttons for switching between the three content modes (Whiteboard, Application Sharing and Web Tour), an Information menu for
obtaining session information (e.g., connection type) and starting the Timer, a Load Content button for loading content into the session and the Record button.
The Content area is the main presentation window. Moderators use this region to load
presentations. Everyone can use the tools on the Whiteboard to draw or write. All the
objects and images on the Whiteboard are dynamic and can be modified. Everyone can
print the Whiteboard pages or save them to a file to review later.
1 Title bar
6 Minimize button
2 Menu bar
7 Maximize button
3 Audio & Video panel
8 Close button
4 Participants panel
9 Collaboration toolbar
5 Chat panel
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The Content Area Modes
The Whiteboard, Application Sharing and Web Tour share space in the Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing interface – each represents a "mode" in the content area. Although Whiteboard content, Application Sharing content and Web Tour content may all be loaded at the same
time, you will be able to see the content of only one mode at a time.
Only certain users can switch between modes:
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Moderators with can switch between all modes.
Participants with Application Sharing permission can switch to Application Sharing mode
and back to Whiteboard mode.
Participants with Web Tour permission can switch to Web Tour mode and back to Whiteboard mode.
Participants with Whiteboard permission but not Application Sharing or
Web Tour permission cannot switch to Whiteboard mode from either of
the other two modes. This safeguards against Participants switching
modes during someone else's Web Tour or Application Sharing presentation.
When someone switches modes, everyone in the session will follow them to the new mode.
Be careful not to inadvertently switch modes on someone else who is
presenting content. Everyone in the session will follow you to the new
mode.
To switch modes, do one of the following:
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Click on the button in the Collaboration toolbar associated with the desired mode.
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Select the desired mode from the View menu.
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Use the keyboard shortcut associated with the desired mode:
Whiteboard mode: Ctrl+Alt+W (Command-Option-W on Mac)
Application Sharing mode: Ctrl+Alt+A (Command-Option-S on Mac)
Web Tour mode: Ctrl+Alt+U (Command-Option-U on Mac)
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You can easily see which mode is selected by noting which button in the Collaboration toolbar is
colored. In the Collaboration toolbar below, the current mode is Whiteboard mode.
Managing Panels and Windows
The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing interface consists of panels and windows. Panels
can be collapsed, expanded, detached and reattached, resized and, in their detached state, can be
moved. These side panels (Audio & Video, Participants and Chat) also can be hidden. For details,
see Working with Panels on page 16.
The main application window can be minimized, maximized, moved, resized and closed. Other
windows can be opened, moved, resized and closed. For details, see Working with Windows
below.
Working with Windows
There are a number of different kinds of windows in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing:
the main application window, module windows (such as the Notes window and the Multimedia
Library), dialog boxes (such as the Preferences dialog and Create Breakout Rooms dialog) and
utility windows (such as the Object Explorer and Page Explorer).
Below are the ways you can manage your windows:
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Open the main application window: To open the window you need to join the session by clicking on a link.
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Open a main module window: To open the window of one of the main modules,
select it from the Window menu or, if available, open it using its associated keyboard shortcut (see Keyboard Shortcuts on page 31.)
Move a window: Grab the window by its title bar and, while holding down your mouse,
drag it to the desired location and then drop it by releasing the mouse.
To resize a window: Grab a window border and drag it. Hold your mouse over any side
or a corner and, when the cursor changes to a two-headed arrow, click and drag the border of the window to contract or expand it.
Minimize or maximize the main application window: Use the standard conventions of your operating system for minimizing and maximizing windows. For example,
on Windows, use the Minimize and Maximize buttons in the window's title bar:
Un-obscure a window: If part of a window is obscured by another window or panel,
click on the window itself to bring it to the front of the other window or panel.
Tip: If you can't find a window because it is hidden beneath other
windows, an easy way to find it is to select Restore Default Layout
from the View menu and then open your window again.
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Close a main module window: To close a main module window, do one of the following:
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Click on the window’s Close button in the title bar of the window.
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Enter Ctrl+W (Command-W on Mac)
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Enter Alt+F4 (Windows and Linux only)
Close the main application window: If you close the main application window you
will leave the session. For details, see Closing the Application on page 1.
Working with Panels
The default when you first join a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session is for the
Participants and Chat panels to be expanded and attached and the Audio & Video panel to be collapsed and attached. Blackboard Collaborate will remember the state in which you left your panels (expanded or collapsed and attached or detached) from one session to the next (but only if
you are logged in to the same computer).
Below are the ways you can manage your panels:
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Collapse and expand a panel: By default, the panels are expanded. If you want to
make more room for one of the panels, you can collapse the others.
To collapse a panel, click on the Collapse button in the panel's title bar:
To expand the panel back to its former state, click on the Expand button in the panel's
title bar:
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Move a panel: Grab the panel (either attached or detached) by its title bar and, while
holding down your mouse, drag it to the desired location and then drop it by releasing the
mouse.
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Detach and reattach a panel: Panels can be detached so you can move them to a
more convenient location.
To detach a panel, do one of the following:
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From the Options menu, select Detach Panel.
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Drag and drop the panel out of the main application window. (See Move a panel
above.)
To reattach a panel, do one of the following:
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From the Options menu, select Attach Panel.
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Drag and drop the panel back into the main application window. (See Move a panel
above.)
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From the View menu, select Restore Default Layout.
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Click on the panel's Close button:
Reorder an attached panel: Drag and drop the panel up or down within the side bar
area (left side) of the main application window. (See Move a panel above.)
Hide attached side panels: You can make the Content area larger by hiding the side
bar area (left side) of the main application window. To do so, in the View menu, unselect
(uncheck) Show Side Bar. To restrore the side bar, reselect it. Alternatively, you can grab
the border of any one of the panels and drag it all the way to the left. To bring the side bar
back, grab it again and move to the right.
Resize a panel: Grab a panel border and drag it. Hold your mouse over any side (either
attached or detached) or a corner (detached only) and, when the cursor changes to a twoheaded arrow, click and drag the border of the panel to contract or expand it.
Un-obscure detached panels: If part of the panel is obscured by another panel or window, click anywhere on the panel to bring it to the front of the other panel or window.
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Managing Audio
The following sections describe the Audio accessibility features:
Using the Audio Setup Wizard
To verify that your Audio is set up correctly, we recommend that you use the Audio Setup Wizard before the session begins. This wizard is comprised of a series of panels that guide you
through selecting Audio input (microphone) and output (speaker) devices and setting your
speaker and microphone volumes.
Tip: To run the Audio Setup Wizard before your session begins, either join your session early
or open the Configuration Room on the Blackboard Collaborate Support Portal:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com
To open the Configuration Room, browse to First Time Users and then to Step 2 under Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.
You can run the Audio Setup Wizard again at any time within your session.
Note: When you are using the Audio Setup Wizard during a session, you
will not be able to hear any of the session Audio. Others will know you
can't hear them because the Audio Setup Wizard icon
will appear next
to your name in the Participants list.
To open the Audio Setup Wizard, do one of the following:
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Click on the Audio Setup Wizard button at the top of the Audio & Video panel.
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From the Tools menu select Audio and then Audio Setup Wizard.
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From the Audio & Video Options menu, select Audio Setup Wizard.
On Windows or Linux
1. Select your audio output device (speakers), following the instructions given in the dialog
box.
2. Play the recorded audio message provided and adjust your speaker volume to a suitable
level. (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.)
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3. Confirm whether or not your speaker was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 4.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 1.
4. Select an audio input device (microphone), following the instructions given in the dialog
box.
5. Select your microphone type to get the best results when testing your microphone.
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Single Talker: Select this option if using a headset or a microphone just for yourself.
Multiple Talkers: Select this option if using a single microphone to pick up multiple
talkers, such as when you are in meeting room sharing the microphone with others.
This is the default.
6. Press Record and adjust your microphone recording level as you speak into the microphone (audio input device). (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.) Press Stop
when you are done.
7. Press Play to listen to the recording you just made and, based on the loudness and clarity
of the recording, determine if your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
8. Confirm whether or not your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 8.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 4.
9. Read the message in the dialog box and click on OK to complete Audio setup and exit the
Audio Setup Wizard.
On Mac OS X
1. Mac users cannot change their audio output (speaker) devices directly in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing – Blackboard Collaborate uses the system default device. To
change your output device, click on the speaker icon in the Select Audio Output Device
dialog of the Audio Setup Wizard and make your changes in the System Preferences
Sound Output panel.When done, click on OK to advance to the next panel of the wizard.
2. Play the recorded audio message provided and adjust your speaker (audio output device)
volume to a suitable level. (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.)
3. Confirm whether or not your speaker was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 3.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 1.
4. Select an audio input (microphone) device from the list or select the option Use System
Default Device. Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.
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5. Select your microphone type to get the best results when testing your microphone.
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Single Talker: Select this option if using a headset or a microphone just for yourself.
Multiple Talkers: Select this option if using a single microphone to pick up multiple
talkers, such as when you are in meeting room sharing the microphone with others.
This is the default.
6. Press Record and adjust your microphone recording level as you speak into the microphone (audio input device). (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.) Press Stop
when you are done.
7. Press Play to listen to the recording you just made and, based on the loudness and clarity
of the recording, determine if your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
8. Confirm whether or not your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 8.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 3.
9. Read the message in the dialog box and click on OK to complete Audio setup and exit the
Audio Setup Wizard.
Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Levels
The microphone level indicator (microphone icon) shows the volume levels when you are speaking and the speaker level indicator (speaker icon) shows the volume levels when someone else is
speaking.
Tip: If all talkers have their microphones set properly, listeners won’t
need to keep adjusting their speakers to accommodate changes in volume.
The best way to ensure proper microphone and speaker levels is to run
the Audio Setup Wizard at the beginning of the session. See Using the
Audio Setup Wizard on page 18.
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Microphone Level
There are four ways to adjust your microphone level:
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Audio & Video panel: Grab the microphone level slider in the Audio & Video panel and
drag it to the right to increase the volume and to the left to decrease the volume.
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Options menu: From Audio & Video Options menu, select either Adjust Microphone
Level Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Microphone Level Down (to decrease the volume).
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Tools menu: From the Tools menu, select Audio and then select either Adjust Microphone Level Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Microphone Level Down (to decrease
the volume).
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Keyboard Shortcuts: Enter Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow (Shift-Command-Up Arrow on Mac)
to increase the volume or Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow (Shift-Command-Down Arrow on Mac)
to decrease the volume.
Speaker Level
There are four ways to adjust your speaker level:
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Audio & Video panel: Grab the speaker level slider in the Audio & Video panel and
drag it to the right to increase the volume and to the left to decrease the volume.
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Options menu: From Audio & Video Options menu, select either Adjust Speaker Level
Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Speaker Level Down (to decrease the volume).
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Tools menu: From the Tools menu, select Audio and then select either Adjust Speaker
Level Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Microphone Speaker Down (to decrease the
volume).
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Keyboard Shortcuts: Enter Ctrl+Up Arrow (Command-Up Arrow on Mac) to increase
the volume or Ctrl+Down Arrow (Command-Down Arrow on Mac) to decrease the volume.
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Chapter 3
Navigation
Before using Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, it may be useful to familiarize yourself
with the user interface. See The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Room on page 11
for a description of the main user interface components.
There are three ways to navigate through the Blackboard Collaborate user interface without having to use a mouse:
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Keyboard navigation (see Keyboard Navigation on next page)
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Mnemonics (see Mnemonics on page 30)
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Shortcut keys (see Keyboard Shortcuts on page 31)
For information about navigating within some specific areas, refer to the following:
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Navigating Between and Within Content Modes on page 26
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Navigating Between and Reading Whiteboard Pages on page 28
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Navigating Between Chat Conversation Tabs on page 29
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Keyboard Navigation
There are four general levels of keyboard navigation in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing:
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between modules in the main application window
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between elements (both within and across modules)
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within toolbars of a secondary window
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within menus
Using the navigation methods described in the following sections, navigate to the desired function to bring it into focus. When you wish to activate that function (execute the command),
press Space.
Navigating Between Modules
When you join an Blackboard Collaborate session, the Participants panel is in focus. Press F6
(the same on the Mac) to cycle keyboard focus between the main Blackboard Collaborate modules, in the order listed below:
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Participants panel: focus goes to the top name in the Participants list.
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Chat panel: focus goes to the Message text box.
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Collaboration toolbar: focus goes to the Whiteboard mode button.
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Action bar: focus goes to the New Page button.
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Audio & Video panel: focus goes to the Talk button.
If you change the order of the panels, the F6 navigation order will be different. For information on reordering the panels, see Working with Panels on page 16.
Navigating Between Elements
You can navigate through the Blackboard Collaborate user interface one element (e.g., button,
field, option, etc.) at a time by tabbing. The Tab key moves you forward through the Blackboard
Collaborate elements in the sequence described below. To move backwards in the sequence,
enter Shift+Tab.
Within each panel or window, tabbing moves through its elements from
left to right and top to bottom.
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Your tabbing sequence may differ from that described below since the elements you see in the
user interface depends on your permissions, including whether or not you are a Moderator or
Participant.
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Participants List – When you join a Blackboard Collaborate session, focus will be on
the top name in the Participants list. Within the list you can move through the names
using the up and down arrow keys. Press Space to open the Participant Options menu for
the person currently in focus.
Chat Panel –Next you will tab through the elements in the Chat panel: Expand/Collapse
button, Options menu, Conversation pane, Message text box and Conversation tabs. (For
instructions on moving between Conversation tabs, see Navigating Between Chat Conversation Tabs on page 29.)
Collaboration Toolbar – Next you will tab through the elements in the Collaboration
toolbar: Whiteboard Mode button, Application Sharing Mode button, Web Tour Mode button, Timer elements (if the Timer is running), Information menu, Load Content button
and Record button. (For instructions on changing modes, see Navigating Between and
Within Content Modes on next page.)
Action Bar – Next you will tab through the elements in the Action bar for the currently
selected mode or, the Available Share Selection dialog for Application Sharing Mode.
Audio & Video Panel – Next you will tab through the elements in the Audio and Video
panel: Expand/Collapse button, Audio Setup Wizard button, Options menu, Microphone
Level slider, Speaker Level slider, Talk button, Transmit Video button and Preview Video
button.
Participants Panel – Next you will tab through the elements in the Participants panel:
Expand/Collapse button, Global Options menu, Feedback menu, Step Away button, Raise
Hand button, Polling Response menu and then, finally, back to the Participants list.
Navigating Within a Toolbar of a Module Window
When you open a module's window, you can use tabbing to navigate through the various elements of its interface, with one exception: toolbar buttons. The Closed Captioning, File Transfer
Library and Notes windows have graphic tool bars with buttons represented by icons. You must
explicitly enable tabbing to access these buttons.
To do so, enter Alt+F8 (Option-F8 on the Mac). To turn toolbar tabbing off, enter Alt+F8
(Option-F8 on the Mac) again.
Navigating Within Drop-Down Menus
To open an Options menu, Participant interaction menu (Feedback and Polling Response
menus) or other drop-down menu, tab to it and press Space. Using up and down arrow keys,
move to the desired menu option and press Space to activate it. If the menu option is a submenu, press Space or the right arrow key to open it.
To close the menu without selecting a menu option, press Escape.
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To access the main menus (e.g., File, Edit, etc.) use mnemonic keys. (See
Mnemonics on page 30.) You cannot use tabbing to open these menus;
however, once a menu is open, you can use your arrow keys to navigate
within it and Space to execute the menu item command.
Navigating Between and Within Content Modes
When you open a new session, the Whiteboard is your default content mode. You can use keyboard navigation or keyboard shortcuts to move between content modes and keyboard navigation to move within content modes.
Note: To switch to a content mode, you must be a Moderator or a Participant with permission to use that mode.
Navigation within each content mode is unique, as described below.
Navigating within Whiteboard Content Mode
Follow the steps below to switch to Whiteboard mode and access the functions in the Action
bar:
If you are a Participant or a Moderator without the Whiteboard permission, F6 navigation will place focus on the Scaling menu of the Whiteboard Action bar.
1. To switch to Whiteboard mode, do one of the following:
o
Keyboard Shortcut
Enter Ctrl+Alt+W (Command-Option-W on Mac)
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Keyboard Navigation
Press F6 (the same on the Mac) to cycle keyboard focus to the Collaboration toolbar. By default, you will be in Whiteboard Mode.
2. Press F6 again to move to the Whiteboard Action bar.
3. Use Tab, Shift+Tab and the arrow keys to move between the elements in the Action bar
and the adjacent Navigation bar.
4. Press Space to activate the selected function.
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Navigating within Application Sharing Mode
Follow the steps below to switch to Application Sharing mode and start hosting an Application
Sharing session:
If someone else is already hosting an Application Sharing session (you are
already in Application Sharing mode), F6 navigation will place focus on
the Scale to Fit option of the Application Sharing Action bar.
1. To switch to Application Sharing mode, do one of the following:
o
Keyboard Shortcut
Enter Ctrl+Alt+A (Command-Option-A on Mac)
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Keyboard Navigation
i. Press F6 (the same on the Mac) to cycle keyboard focus to the Collaboration
toolbar. By default, you will be in Whiteboard Mode.
ii. Press Tab or Right Arrow once to move to the Application Sharing Mode
button.
iii. Press Space to activate Application Sharing Mode. The Application Sharing
Selections dialog will open.
2. Press Tab five times to move through the elements in the Collaboration toolbar to the
Share Desktop (the first) field of the Application Sharing Selections dialog.
3. You have two options:
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Share your entire desktop: Press any of the arrow keys to select Share Desktop, press Tab three times to move to the Share button and press Space to start
sharing your desktop.
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Share a specific application only: Press Tab to move to the list of available
applications and then, using the arrow keys, select the desired application from the
list. Press Tab twice to move to the Share button and press Space to start sharing
the selected application.
Navigating within Web Tour Mode
Follow the steps below to switch to Web Tour mode and start hosting a Web Tour:
If someone else is already hosting a Web Tour session (you are already in
Web Tour mode) and you don't have Web Tour permission, F6 navigation
will place focus on the Back button of the Web Tour Action bar.
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1. To switch to Web Tour mode, do one of the following:
o
Keyboard Shortcut
Enter Ctrl+Alt+U (Command-Option-U on Mac)
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Keyboard Navigation
i. Press F6 (the same on the Mac) to cycle keyboard focus to the Collaboration
toolbar. By default, you will be in Whiteboard Mode.
ii. Press Tab or Right Arrow twice to move to the Web Tour Mode button.
iii. Press Space to activate Web Tour Mode. The Web Tour Action bar will open
and focus will be in the Address text box.
2. Use Tab, Shift+Tab and the arrow keys to move between the elements in the Action
bar.
3. Press Space to activate the selected function or, if in the Address text box, open the specified web page.
Navigating Between and Reading Whiteboard Pages
If you are using a JAWS screen reader, you can read the text of presentations imported into the
Whiteboard via the Activity Window. Navigate to the desired page (as instructed below) and open
the Activity Window using Ctrl + / (Command- / on Mac) to read the textual content of that
page. You will need to move focus to the bottom of the window. (For details on using the Activity Window, see The Activity Window on page 41.)
Note: You can freely navigate between pages in breakout rooms but must
be given permission by the Moderator to navigate between pages of the
Main room. You will know you are free to move between Main room
pages when you see a red border around your Whiteboard content area.
To move directly to a specific Whiteboard page, select it from the Go to Page menu in the Whiteboard navigation bar. For instructions on keyboard navigation to that menu, see Navigating
within Whiteboard Content Mode on page 26.
If using a screen reader, you’ll know you are in the Go to Page menu
when you hear, “Go to the selected Whiteboard page.”
To move to the next page, use any of the following options:
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Keyboard Shortcut
Enter Alt+Page Down (Option-Page Down on Mac).
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Mnemonic Keys
Using mnemonics keys, from the Tools menu select Whiteboard followed by Go to Next
Page. (For instructions on using mnemonic keys, see Mnemonics on page 30.)
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Keyboard Navigation
Navigate to and activate the Next Page button in the Whiteboard Navigation bar.
If focus is on the Go to Page menu of the Navigation bar, press the Down Arrow.
(For instructions on keyboard navigation in Whiteboard Mode, Navigating within Whiteboard Content Mode on page 26.)
To move to the previous page, use any of the following options:
o
Keyboard Shortcut
Enter Alt+Page Up (Option-Page Up on Mac).
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Mnemonic Keys
Using mnemonics keys, from the Tools menu select Whiteboard followed by Go to Previous Page. (For instructions on using mnemonic keys, see Mnemonics on next page.)
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Keyboard Navigation
Navigate to and activate the Previous Page button in the Whiteboard Navigation bar.
If focus is on the Go to Page menu of the Navigation bar, press the Up Arrow.
(For instructions on keyboard navigation in Whiteboard Mode, Navigating within Whiteboard Content Mode on page 26.)
Navigating Between Chat Conversation Tabs
You can use keyboard navigation to move between the private Chat conversation tabs in the
Chat panel.
If you want to know when a new private Chat message has been received,
enable the Audible Notification "Private Chat Message Received". For
details, see Audible Notifications on page 59.
1. Press F6 (the same on the Mac) to cycle keyboard focus to the Chat panel.
2. Press Tab twice to move to the currently open conversation tab. (By default, this is the
Room conversation.)
3. Use the arrow keys to move to the desired conversation tab.
4. Press Space to open the conversation.
If there are too many conversation tabs to fit in the Chat panel, they will be added to a dropdown menu to the right of the displayed conversation tabs. To open a conversation tab in the
menu, do the following:
1. From your currently open conversation tab, press Tab. This will move focus to the conversation drop-down menu.
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Note: if there is no conversation drop-down menu, focus will move
to the Collaboration toolbar.
2. Press Space to open the menu.
3. Use the arrow keys to move to the desired conversation.
4. Press Space to open the conversation.
Using Mnemonic and Keyboard Shortcuts
Instead of using your mouse to select a menu option, you can use your keyboard. Using mnemonic or Keyboard Shortcuts saves time because you do not have to complete multiple steps
(e.g., clicking on a menu and then clicking on an option), nor do you have to take your hand off
the keyboard to issue the command.
Note: Mnemonic and standard Keyboard Shortcuts are enabled only
when you have input focus on the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing window. Focus is not required for Hot Keys.
Mnemonics
A mnemonic is an underlined letter or number that appears in a menu title or menu option that,
when pressed in conjunction with the ALT key, activates a command or navigates to an element
in the user interface.
Keyboard mnemonics are not supported on the Mac.
Note: On Windows, depending upon your configuration, you may have to
toggle ALT the key before the options in the menus will display the underlined character or number.
To choose a menu option with mnemonics, do the following:
1. Press the ALT key, note which letter or number (mnemonic) is underlined in the desired
menu name and enter it on your keyboard. The menu options for that main menu will
appear. For example, if you press ALT+F, the File menu will appear.
2. Again, note the mnemonic for the desired option in the menu and enter it, with or without the ALT key.
To select a menu option from a sub-menu, repeat step 2.
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Keyboard Shortcuts
You can quickly accomplish tasks you perform frequently by using keyboard shortcuts (both
standard keyboard shortcuts and hot keys), which are one or more keys you press in combination within Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing to perform a function. For example,
instead of clicking the Raise Hand button in the Participants panel or selecting Raise Hand
from the Interaction menu, you can press Ctrl+R (Command-R on Mac OS X) to raise your
hand.
Hot keys differ from standard keyboard shortcuts in some important ways. For details, and a discussion of hot keys, see Hot Keys on page 36.
Note: The keyboard shortcuts were defined with an extended (full) keyboard layout in mind. If your keyboard does not have a key used in a keyboard shortcut, you will need to use the menu item or toolbar button to
perform the desired function.
Caution: If you are sharing an application that has a keyboard shortcut
identical to one in Blackboard Collaborate, and focus is on Application
Sharing, the shortcut will activate its associated command in the shared
application, not in Blackboard Collaborate.
The following table lists the keyboard shortcuts (both standard and hot keys) present in Blackboard Collaborate to quickly perform a number of common functions.The first column describes
the function to be performed, the second column lists the Windows and Linux keyboard shortcuts and the third column gives the Mac keyboard shortcuts. Keys are grouped into sections
based on the Blackboard Collaborate module being used.
Note: To access the list of keyboard shortcuts while in a session, select
Keyboard Shortcuts from the Help menu.
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Function
Windows, etc. keys
Mac keys
Application, Window and File Functions
Quit Blackboard Collaborate
Alt+F4
Command-Q
Ctrl+Q
Hide Blackboard Collaborate
N/A
Command-H
Hide other applications
N/A
Option-Command-H
Close window (Notes, Activity, Closed-Captioning, Calculator)
Alt+F4
Command-W
Switch to Whiteboard Mode
Ctrl+Alt+W
Command-Option-W
Switch to Application Sharing Mode
Ctrl+Alt+A
Command-Option-A
Switch to Web Tour Mode
Ctrl+Alt+U
Command-Option-U
Open Preferences dialog box
Ctrl+Comma
Command-Comma
Save Participants list, Chat conversation or
Whiteboard
Ctrl+S
Command-S
Print Participants list or Whiteboard
Ctrl+P
Command-P
Ctrl+W
Keyboard Navigation Functions
Move to the next main module in the user
F6
interface. The default order is Participants
panel, Chat panel, Collaboration toolbar,
Action bar and Audio& Video panel. (If you
change the order of the panels, the order will
change.)
F6
Open the Action bars of Whiteboard Mode
and Web Tour mode
F6
F6
Move to the previous main module in the
user interface. (See F6 above for the order of
modules.)
Shift+F6
Shift-F6
Move to the next user interface element
Tab
(e.g., button, field, option) in a main module
or UI element. For example, if focus is in the
Collaboration toolbar, Tab and Shift-Tab can
be used to move between the three modes
(Whiteboard, Application Sharing and Web
Tour), the Information menu, the Load Content button and the Record button.
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Function
Windows, etc. keys
Mac keys
Move to the previous user interface element (e.g., button, field, option) in a main
module (see example for Tab above)
Shift+Tab
Shift-Tab
Activate the currently selected function
Space
Space
Enable tabbing in toolbars of secondary win- Alt+F8
dows (Closed Captioning, Notes, Activity Window, File Transfer)
Option-F8
Move keyboard focus between open windows Alt+F6
(Notes, File Transfer, Activity, Closed-Cap(Windows XP and Linux
tioning, Calculator)
only)
Command-`
Open Options menu of the panel or toolbar
in focus (Audio & Video, Chat, Participants,
Whiteboard action bar, Whiteboard navigation bar or Web Tour)
Ctrl+Shift+O
Command-Shift-O
Open Activity Window
Ctrl+/
Command-/
Close Activity Window
Ctrl+/
Command-W
Activity Window Functions
Alt+F4
Ctrl+W
Audio Functions
Press the Talk button
Ctrl+F2
Control+F2
Ctrl+F2
Control+F2
Adjust microphone level down
Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow
Command-Shift-Down
Arrow
Adjust microphone level up
Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow
Command-Shift-Up
Arrow
Adjust speaker level down
Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow
Command-OptionDown Arrow
Adjust speaker level up
Ctrl+Alt+Up Arrow
Command-Option-Up
Arrow
(Note: this is a Hot Key ─ see Hot Keys on
page 36.)
Release the Talk button
(Note: this is a Hot Key ─ see Hot Keys on
page 36.)
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Function
Windows, etc. keys
Mac keys
Video Functions
Start Video transmission
(Note: this is a Hot Key ─ see Hot Keys on
page 36.)
Ctrl+F3
Control-F3
Stop Video transmission
(Note: this is a Hot Key ─ see Hot Keys on
page 36.)
Ctrl+F3
Control-F3
Select all objects in Whiteboard
Ctrl+A
Command-A
Open Page Explorer window
Ctrl+Shift+P
Command-Shift-P
Open Object Explorer window
Ctrl+Shift+T
Command-Shift-T
Copy selected object(s) or text in Whiteboard
Ctrl+C
Command-C
Cut selected object(s) or text in Whiteboard
Ctrl+X
Command-X
Paste copied or cut object(s) or text to White- Ctrl+V
board
Command-V
Group selected objects
Ctrl+G
Command-G
Ungroup selected objects
Ctrl+U
Command-U
Delete selected object(s) or text in Whiteboard
Delete
Delete
Backspace
Backspace
Go to next page
Alt+Page Down
Option-Page Down
Go to previous page
Alt+Page Up
Option-Page Up
Move to first page at this topic level
Alt+Home
Option-Home
Move to last page at this topic level
Alt+End
Option-End
Take back control of Application Sharing
(Note: this is a Hot Key ─ see Hot Keys on
page 36.)
Ctrl+Space
Control-Space
Stop Application Sharing
(Note: this is a Hot Key ─ see Hot Keys on
page 36.)
Ctrl+Shift+S
Control-Shift-S
Whiteboard Functions
Application Sharing Functions
Chat Functions
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Function
Windows, etc. keys
Mac keys
Move cursor to the Message text box of the
Chat panel
Ctrl+M
Command-M
Select all Chat text in conversation pane
Ctrl+A
Command-A
Copy selected Chat text in conversation pane
Ctrl+C
Command-C
Paste copied Chat text to Chat Message text
box, Whiteboard or external application
Ctrl+V
Command-V
Raise or lower your hand
Ctrl+R
Command-R
Show that you have stepped away or come
back
Ctrl+Shift+A
Command-Shift-A
Show smiley face
Alt+1
Option-1
Show LOL
Alt+2
Option-2
Show applause
Alt+3
Option-3
Show confusion
Alt+4
Option-4
Show approval
Alt+5
Option-5
Show disapproval
Alt+6
Option-6
Show Slower (when you want the presenter
to slow down)
Alt+7
Option-7
Show Faster (when you want the presenter
to speed up)
Alt+8
Option-8
Show None (when you want to clear all displayed emoticons)
Alt+0
Option-0
Open Notes window
Ctrl+E
Command-E
Close Notes window
Alt+F4
Command-W
Participant Panel Functions
Notes Functions
Ctrl+W
Closed-Captioning Functions
Open Closed-Captioning window
Ctrl+F8
Command-F8
Close Closed-Captioning window
Alt+F4
Command-W
Ctrl+W
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Function
Windows, etc. keys
Mac keys
Polling Functions
Yes - polling response
Ctrl+1
Command-1
No - polling response
Ctrl+2
Command-2
A - polling response
Ctrl+1
Command-1
B - polling response
Ctrl+2
Command-2
C - polling response
Ctrl+3
Command-3
D - polling response
Ctrl+4
Command-4
E - polling response
Ctrl+5
Command-5
None
Ctrl+0
Command-0
Hot Keys
Hot keys differ from standard keyboard shortcuts keys in two ways:
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You can modify the definition of these keys.
You do not need to have input focus on the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
window to use them (they are available system-wide).
By default, seven hot keys have been defined for the commonly used features in Blackboard Collaborate. You can use these default hot keys (listed in the table below) or define your own in the
Preferences dialog. For instructions, see Configuring Hot Keys on the facing page.
Num Lock and Caps Lock must be turned off for Hot Keys to work in a
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session running on Linux.
The default values for the two Talk hot keys are the same and the default values for the two
Video hot keys are the same. If you keep the default values for the Talk keys, you can use
Ctrl+F2 (Control-F2 on Mac) to toggle the Talk button on and off. If you keep the default values
for the Video keys, you can use Ctrl+F3 (Control-F3 on Mac) to start and stop Video.
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Tip for Screen Reader users: With toggle commands, it is not always
easy to remember which state you are currently in. You can always be sure
that you are sending the desired command by redefining one of the hot
keys in each toggle pair. For example, if you keep the default for pressing
the Talk button Ctrl+F2 (Control-F2 on the Mac) and redefine the hot key
for releasing the Talk button to something else, Ctrl+F2 (Control-F2 on
the Mac) will always turn on the Talk button and your redefined hot key
will always turn off the Talk button -- you will never have to know
whether or the Talk button it is currently turned on or off.
The default hot keys are listed in the table below where the first column describes the function
to be performed, the second column lists the Windows and Linux hot key and the third column
gives the Mac hot key.
Function
Windows & Linux Key
Mac Key
Press the Talk button
Ctrl+F2
Control-F2
Release the Talk button
Ctrl+F2
Control-F2
Take back control of Application Sharing
Ctrl+Space
Control-Space
Stop Application Sharing
Ctrl+Shift+S
Control-Shift+S
Start Video transmission
Ctrl+F3
Control-F3
Stop Video transmission
Ctrl+F3
Control-F3
Configuring Hot Keys
Exercise caution when changing the default definitions of hot keys. Ensure you do not change a
hot key definition to that of a hot key used by another application. You also should avoid key
combinations that conflict with standard keyboard shortcut operations.
Note: On Windows and Linux, the hot key is restricted to one character.
You may include one or more modifier keys (Shift, Control or ALT on
Windows).
Mac OS X users must include at least one modifier key in the keystroke:
⇧Shift, ^ Control, ⌥ Option or ⌘ Command) .
Configure your hot keys in the Preferences dialog.
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1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select Hot Keys under General. The Hot Keys
preferences panel appears.
Note: If you see an X under the Valid column, this indicates that
the hot key is not available. It is likely being used by another open
application. Either redefine the hot key to something valid or close
the other application.
3. From the Hot key preferences panel, select the hot key you wish to revise and click Modify…. The Edit Hot Key dialog opens.
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4. Assign the keystrokes. Click on the down arrow to select a key from the key option list
and then select the desired modifier keys by clicking on their check boxes. For example,
the keystroke in the screen capture above is Ctrl+F2.
5. Click on OK to save the hot key configuration and close the Edit Hot Key dialog, or Cancel to close the Edit Hot Key dialog without saving your changes.
6. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
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Chapter 4
The Activity Window
The Activity Window is a stand-alone window in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing that
reports various events that take place in Blackboard Collaborate through the duration of a session. The window has a simple design so you can use a screen reader to navigate through the
user interface and read the events as they occur. The Activity Window also enables you to perform simple functions through a command line interface. The window consists of the following
main components:
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5 Close button
2 Audible Notification Filter
6 Tool bar
3 Module Event Filter
7 Event panel
4 Importance Event Filter
8 Command Input field
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The Tool Bar, at the top of the window, contains the Show/Hide Command Input
Field button, the Audible Notifications Filter, the Module Event Filter and the Importance Event Filter. (These are described a little later.)
The Event Panel, in the middle of the window, reports the events that have occurred in
the session.
The Command Input Field, at the bottom of the window, enables you to type commands to perform some basic tasks in Blackboard Collaborate.
Opening and Closing the Activity Window
Opening and closing the Activity Window is simple so you can access it without your attention
being diverted from the session in progress. If you move to a different window in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, you easily can bring the Activity Window back into focus (activate
it).
You also can move, resize or close the Activity Window so it is not obtrusive.
Note: On Windows, Linux and Mac OS X platforms, the Activity Window
always remains in front of the Blackboard Collaborate main window. On
Solaris, if you click on the main Blackboard Collaborate window, the Activity Window will move behind the main window.
To open or activate (bring into focus) the Activity Window, do one of the following:
o
Enter the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+/ (Command- / on Mac)
o
From the Window menu, select Show Activity (on Windows or Linux, you can use the
mnemonic Alt+W+A to select it)
To close the Activity Window, do one of the following:
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Enter the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+W or Alt+F4 (Command-W on Mac)
o
From the Window menu, select Show Activity (on Windows or Linux, you can use the
mnemonic Alt+W+A to select it)
o
Click on the Close button in the top-right corner of the window
The Activity Window
Displaying Events
Notable events that occur in an Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session are displayed
in the Event panel of the Activity Window. By default, events of all Blackboard Collaborate modules are displayed and the approximate time each event occurred is noted. Moderators can see all
events and Participants can see only a subset of events.
When a new event is reported, keyboard focus stays at the last place you had it (the last cursor
position is maintained and the window will not scroll to the new message at the bottom). You
need to manually move focus to the new event using your arrow keys or scroll bar so you can
read the new text.
Note: The complete list of events is shown in the Event Filtering Preferences panel. (For details, refer to Event Filtering Preferences Panel on
page 47.)
You can manage your display in three ways:
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filter which events are to be displayed in the event panel (see Filtering Events for Display
below);
change the text size in the event panel (see Resizing Activity Window Text on page 48);
and
show or hide the time stamps associated with events (see Showing/Hiding Time Stamps
on page 48)
Filtering Events for Display
You can select which events you want displayed in your own Event panel through the Module
Event Filter and the Importance Event Filter menus in the Activity Window or through the
Event Filtering preferences panel.
Note: The events you hide or display will affect what is displayed in your
own Event panel only – it will not affect what others see in their own
Event panels.
You can select which events for which you want to be audibly notified through the Audible Notifications Filter in the Activity Window or through the Audible Notifications Preferences panel.
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Audible Notifications Filter
Audible notifications are system messages sent by Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing to
notify users when certain important events occur within the session. These notifications are presented as sounds.
To open the Audible Notifications Filter menu, click on the
Audible Notification Filter button in the tool bar. You
can specify which set of audible notifications you would like
to hear (all, basic or custom) from the Audible Notifications
Filter. These are the same set of notifications you can configure in the Audible Notifications Preferences panel. See
Audible Notifications on page 59 for details.
Custom Audible Notifications are the set of individual notifications that you selected in the Audible Notifications Preferences panel, rather than selecting All or Basic.
Note: The filtering options set in the Audible Notifications Filter are
reflected in the Audible Notifications Preferences panel. Likewise, if you
make a change to the options in the Audible Notifications Preferences
panel, you will see these changes in the Audible Notifications Filter as
well.
Module Event Filter
The Module Event Filter is used to include or exclude all events associated with a particular
Blackboard Collaborate module. By default, all modules are included.
Note: The filtering options set in the Event Filtering
Preferences panel always override the filtering set in
Module Event Filter.
To open the Module Event Filter menu, click on the
Module
Event Filter button in the tool bar. To exclude events of a module,
de-select the module name from the menu: Activity (messages related
to the commands you enter in Command input field, such as usage tips
and error messages), Application Sharing, Audio, Chair, Chat, File
Transfer, Interaction, Multimedia, Participants, Quiz Manager,
Recorder, Timer, Video and Whiteboard.
To turn display of a module’s events back on, select the module name
again.
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The Activity Window
Note: To display some but not all events associated
with a module, use the Event Filtering Preferences
panel. For details, refer to Event Filtering Preferences
Panel on page 47.
Importance Event Filter
The Importance Event Filter is a menu that enables you to filter events based on what is important or relevant. It also has an option to turn off/on the time stamps that appear in the Event
panel.
Note: Hide Notifications and Hide My Events operate
independently from All Events, Common Events and
Important Events. For example, if you hide your own
events, they will not be displayed even if you have
selected All Events.
Note: You can pick only one of All Events, Common
Events or Important Eventts.
To open the Importance Event Filter menu, click on the
Importance Event Filter button
in the tool bar. The menu has the following options:
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Show Notifications − Notifications are system messages sent by Blackboard Collaborate to
alert users when certain events occur: user joined or left the session, Moderator privileges
granted, Timer expired and Chat announcement sent or received. By default, notifications
will be displayed in your Event panel. If you don’t want Notifications displayed in your
Event panel, select Hide Notifications. The menu item will change to Show Notifications;
select this to turn display of Notifications back on.
Note: The Hide/Show Notifications option affects what is displayed in your Event panel only. It will not affect whether or not a
Visual Notification is shown in its own floating window; that is set
in the Visual Notifications Preferences panel (see Visual Notifications on page 61). Conversely, what is set in the Visual Notifications Preferences panel will not affect what is displayed in the
Event panel.
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Show My Events − By default, the events that you triggered (e.g., raise your hand or turn
on your microphone) will not be displayed in your Event panel. (They may, however, be
displayed in the event panel of others, depending on the event.) If you want to display
these events in your own Event panel, select Show My Events. The menu item will
change to Hide My Events; select this to turn display of your events back off.
All Events − By default, events of all importance are displayed in the Event panel. If you
don’t want to see all events, select either Common Events or Important Events.
Common Events − Select this option to display all events except the interaction events:
Raise Hand/Lower Hand, Stepped Away/Came Back buttons and the emoticons Laughter,
Applause, Confusion and Disapproval.
Important Events − Select this option to display only a small subset of events, such as
when a user has joined a session, when you have been granted the Moderator privilege or
when you have received a Chat message.
Hide Times − Select this option to turn off/on the time stamps that appear in the Event
panel. For further details, see Showing/Hiding Time Stamps on page 48
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Event Filtering Preferences Panel
If you want to filter events at a greater level of granularity than is offered by the Module Event
Filter, you can do so in the Event Filtering Preferences panel. Here you can pick and choose
which individual events in a particular module you want to be displayed in the Event panel.
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, under Activity select Event Filtering. The
Event Filtering preferences panel appears. The events are listed according to the module
to which they belong. Each event has a drop-down menu from which you can select the
option to display the event Normally, Always or Never.
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3. Select the desired option for each of the events listed under the module names. Normally
is the default option.
Note: The filtering set in the Event Filtering Preferences panel
always overrides the filtering set in the Activity Window menus.
For example, if you turn off the Audio module events in the Activity
Window but have Microphone turned on set to display Always in
the Preferences panel, whenever you turn on your microphone in
the session, the event will be reported in the Events panel.
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Normally – Select this option if you would like to use the filtering defined by the
Activity Window’s Module and Importance Event Filters.
Always – Select this option if you would like to always display this event, even if it
has been excluded from display by the Activity Window’s Module and Importance
Event Filters.
Never – Select this option if you would like to never display this event, even if it has
been included for display by the Activity Window’s Module and Importance Event
Filters.
4. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
Resizing Activity Window Text
By default, the text in the Activity Window is determined by your operating system (typically 10
or 11 points).
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To make the text larger, right-click (Control-Click on Mac) anywhere in the Activity
Window to open the context menu and select Make Text Bigger.
To make the text smaller, right-click (Control-Click on Mac) anywhere in the Activity
Window to open the context menu and select Make Text Smaller.
To return the text to the default size, right-click (Control-Click on Mac) anywhere
in the Activity Window to open the context menu and select Default Size.
Showing/Hiding Time Stamps
By default, the Event panel displays a time stamp every 5 minutes. Any events that occur in the
next five minute period will appear beneath that time stamp in the Event panel. For example, a
time stamp will be reported at 1:00 PM and any events that occur between 1:00 PM and 1:05
PM will be listed beneath the 1:00 PM time stamp. If there is no activity in a 5 minute period,
(for example, between 1:05 PM and 1:10 PM), no time stamp will be reported for that period (for
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example, 1:05 PM will not be reported). The next time stamp displayed will be for the next five
minute period in which events occurred.
If you want to hide the time stamps in the Event panel, select Hide Time from the Importance
Event Filter. The menu item will change to Show Times; select this to turn the display of times
back on.
Reading Events with a Screen Reader
A screen reader will not automatically read an event as it appears in the Activity Window. To be
notified that an event has just been added to the Activity Window, turn on the Audible Notification Activity Event Occurred. (For instructions, see Audible Notifications on page 59.)
When a new event is reported, keyboard focus stays at the place you last had it (the last cursor
position is maintained and the window will not scroll to the new message at the bottom). You
need to manually move focus to the new event using your arrow keys so your screen reader can
read the new text.
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Entering Commands
The Activity Window enables you to perform simple functions through the Command Input
field. This field is normally hidden.
To enter a command, do the following:
1. Open the Command Input field in one of the following ways:
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Click on the
Show/Hide Command Input field button in the tool bar.
Note: The field will remain open until you click on the
Show/Hide Command Input field button again.
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Type / (forward slash). The /, which is the first character required to enter a command, will be entered into the Command Input field.
Note: The field will close after you have entered your command and pressed Enter or Return.
2. Enter a / (if not already there) followed by your command. For a list of the commands
and their syntax, refer to Live Session Commands on the facing page and Recording Playback Command on page 52.
3. Press Enter or Return to process the command.
If the command is unknown, has an unknown or invalid parameter or an error occurs while
processing the command, a message to that effect will be displayed in the Event panel. If the
command is successful, nothing is displayed.
Note: After the command has been processed, focus returns to the Event
panel.
Tip: The Command Input field can be resized, if desired, by dragging the
divider between it and the Event panel with your mouse.
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Live Session Commands
These commands can be used only in a live session, not while listening to a recording.
Each command starts with a / (forward slash) and is followed by parameters. Where there is
more than one available parameter, they are listed together and separated by a | (pipe). Enter
only one parameter.
Raise or Lower Hand
Syntax: /hand up|down
Set Audio Mode
Syntax: /audio computer|phone
Talk or Stop Talking
Syntax: /talk on|off
Send Chat Message
Syntax:
/chat <message>
where
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<message> is the text of your message
Note: use this syntax to send a public message to only the room you are currently in.
or
/chat [@<recipient> | @all_rooms | @announcement | @moderators] <message>
where
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<recipient> sends a private message to the specified Moderator or Participant
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all_rooms sends a public chat to all rooms (Main room and breakout rooms)
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moderators sends a message to Moderators only (under the Moderators conversation tab)
These options are not case-sensitive.
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Tip: Enclose <recipient> in quotation marks if it contains an ambiguous
term. For example, let’s say there are two Participants, one named Mary
and one named Mary Hansen. If you want to send Mary Hansen the
message “Hello Mary”, enclose her name in quotation marks:
/chat @“Mary Hansen” Hello Mary
If you enter
/chat @Mary Hansen Hello Mary
you will send the other Mary the message “Hansen Hello Mary”.
<message> is the text of your message.
Display Video
Syntax: /video preview|on|off
React (show emotion)
Syntax: /react laughter|applause|confusion|disapproval|approval|faster|slower
Enter Polling Response
Syntax: /answer none|yes|no|a|b|c|d|e
Step Away or Come Back
Syntax: /status away|back
Recording Playback Command
This command can be used only while listening to a recording. It starts with a / and is followed
by one of three parameters, listed together and separated by a | (pipe). Enter only one parameter.
Syntax: /playback start|pause|stop
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Chapter 5
Closed-Captioning
The Closed-Captioning feature enables a session attendee to transcribe audio information while a
session is in progress. The transcribed text can be viewed by other session attendees in the live
session and in a recording of the session. It can also be saved to a text file.
There are two types of Closed-Captioning windows: one for entering closed-captioning text and
one for reading the text.
Note: Closed-Captioning windows always stay on top of other windows so
they are easily accessed.
Anyone in the session can view the closed-captioning text, but a Moderator must give session
attendees the permission to enter closed-captioning text. More than one person may be given
the permission of entering closed-captioning text.
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Closed-Captioning Activity and Permission Indicators
You can monitor the state of Closed-Captioning activity and permissions through indicators displayed in the Participants list of the Participants panel.
The table below describes the icons displayed in the Participant list to indicate Moderator and
Participant permissions and activity while using Closed-Captioning.
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User is currently entering Closed-Captioning text.
Moderator has granted Closed-Captioning permission to this user.
Entering Closed-Captioning Text
Once you have been given permission to enter the closed-captioning text, open the Closed-Captioning input window by clicking on the
Closed-Captioning button at the top of the Audio
& Video panel.
The Closed-Captioning window allows you to enter text and use the backspace key.
You may change the font size of the text (for your viewing) by clicking on the pull-down arrow
and selecting the appropriate size from the list.
You can save the closed-captioning text by clicking on the
Save button. Each time you close
the Closed-Captioning window a new transcript is started so only the captions that were entered
since the last time you opened the window will be saved.
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Viewing Closed-Captioning Text
All Moderators and Participants, upon joining a session have the permission to view the text in
the Closed-Captioning window. To open the view-only Closed-Captioning window, do one of the
following:
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Enter Ctrl+F8 (Command-F8 on Mac).
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From the Window menu, select Closed-Captioning.
If no one is currently entering closed-captioning text, the Closed-Captioning window will state
[No caption source available].
If someone is entering closed-captioning text, the Closed-Captioning window will display who is
entering the Closed-Captioning text in the Source field. In the example below, Lucy entered the
text.
Note: Text that is entered in the Closed-Captioning window is real-time
data. There is no historical data. When you open the view-only Closed-Captioning window, you will see the text that is being entered starting from
the time you opened the window.
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In the Closed-Captioning window, you may change the font size of the text and select whose
closed-captioning text you want to read.
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Save — To save the closed-captioning text, click on the
Save button. Each time you
close the Closed-Captioning window a new transcript is started so only the captions that
were entered since the last time you opened the window will be saved.
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Size — To change the font size, click on the pull-down arrow and select the appropriate
font size. The default font size is set to 24.
Source — This read-only field displays the name of the person who is entering the
closed-captioning text that you are currently viewing. If the source is set to None, and you
have the view-only Closed-Captioning window open, the first person that starts entering
closed-captioning text will be the source.
Preferred Source — If more than one person in the session is entering closed-captioning
text at the same time during the session, all their names will appear in the Preferred
Source pull-down menu. To change whose closed-captioning text you want to read, click
on the pull-down arrow button and then select the appropriate person.
You also can tell who is currently entering Closed-Captioning text by
the presence of the
Closed-Captioning icon next to the
captioners' names in the Participants list.
Note: If the person who was your preferred source is disconnected
from your session, you will see the input from the next available
source. When your preferred source returns to the session, you will
again receive that person’s input. (Your preferred source remains in
the list even though disconnected.)
Saving Closed-Captioning Text
You can save the closed-captioning text by clicking on the
Save button in either of the
Closed-Captioning windows (input or view-only).
Each time you close the Closed-Captioning window a new transcript is started so only the captions that were entered since the last time you opened the window will be saved.
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Closing and Reopening the Closed Captioning Window
If you close either the input or view-only Closed Captioning window, it will be blank when you
open it again. Only the captions that are entered after you reopen the window are displayed.
To close the window, do one of the following:
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Click on the window’s Close button in the title bar of the window.
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Enter Ctrl+W (Command-W on Mac)
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Enter Alt+F4 (Windows and Linux only)
To reopen the window, do one of the following:
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Enter Ctrl+F8 (Command-F8 on Mac).
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From the Window menu, select Closed-Captioning.
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Chapter 6
Accessibility Options
Several options and preferences exist in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing to improve
accessibility. See the following sections for details:
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Chat Options on page 1
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Notes Options on page 1
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Session Plan Options on page 1
Setting Notification Preferences
Audible Notifications
Audible notifications are system messages sent by Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing to
notify users when certain important events occur within the session. These notifications are presented as sounds.
In the Preference dialog, you can listen to what each notification sounds like as well as enable or
disable the notifications. There are two built-in sets of notifications: Basic and All.
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1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, under General select Audible Notifications. The
Audible Notifications preferences panel appears on the right side of the main Preferences
dialog.
3. To hear the sound used for a notification, click on its Preview icon
of the panel.
in the right column
4. Enable and disable the notifications for the various events in the following ways.
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To create a custom set of notifications, click on the Enabled checkbox (middle column) associated with the desired individual events.
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Click on the Basic button at the bottom of the panel to select the Hand Raised
Alarm, Recording in Progress, Start Recording, Stop Recording and Timer Alarm
events. This is the default setting.
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Click on the All button at the bottom of the panel to select all events.
Accessibility Options
5. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
Visual Notifications
Visual notifications are system messages sent by Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing to
alert users when certain important events occur within a session. These notifications are presented in a floating window. Multiple notifications get queued: the first one is displayed until it
times out or you dismiss it (by clicking on the Dismiss button in the bottom right corner of the
notification), then the next one is displayed, and so on. When there is more than one notification, the window will have a Dismiss All button beside the Dismiss button and display
the number of notifications in the queue in the bottom left corner of the notification.
You can judge how long the message will remain open by looking at the Timeout Indicator. You
either can dismiss a notification manually (by clicking on the Dismiss button) or wait for it to
close itself automatically (when the Timeout Indicator runs its course).
1 Timeout Indicator
3 Dismissal buttons
2 Number of notifications in the queue
In the Preference dialog, you can enable or disable the notifications. By default, all notifications
are enabled.
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
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2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select Visual Notifications under General. The
Visual Notifications preferences panel appears on the right side of the main Preferences
dialog.
3. Enable and disable the notifications for the various events as desired by selecting/deselecting the checkboxes in the Enabled column on the right side of the panel.
Note: The changes you make in the Visual Notifications Preferences panel will not affect what is displayed in the Event panel of
the Activity Window.
4. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
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Accessibility Options
Application Sharing Options
The following sections describe Application Sharing features that improve accessibility for low
vision and color blind users.
Viewing a Shared Application
An Application Share is a type of content, and appears in the Content area like the Whiteboard
and Web Tour.
Note: To request control of a share on Windows 7 or Vista, administrator privileges may be required. For further instructions, search for the article entitled
Hosting Application Sharing Sessions on Windows Vista and Windows 7 in
the Knowledge Base:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336
All participants have an Action bar in the upper left corner of the Content area while in Application Share mode. For Participants without the Application Sharing permission, the bar contains only the option to scale the shared area of the host's desktop to fit in the Participant's
content area.
Participants who have Application Sharing permission have the additional option to request control of the host's desktop. For information on this feature refer to Requesting Control of an
Application Share from the Host.
Scaling the Shared Content
The screen area shared by the Host can be scaled to fit the Content area or viewed at its native
size.
To view the content at the same size as the Host, do one of the following:
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Uncheck Scale To Fit in the Action bar.
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From the Tools menu select Application Sharing and then uncheck Scale to Fit.
To restore scaling, recheck Scale To Fit.
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Maximizing the Content Area
Your other option is to resize the Application Sharing Content area.
You can optimize the space available in the Content area in two ways; for maximum space, do
both:
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Maximize your Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing window.
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Hide the side bar (Audio & Video, Participants and Chat panels) by unselecting Show Side
Bar in the View menu or by grabbing the border of any one of the panels and dragging it
all the way to the left.
To restore the side bar, reselect Show Side Bar or drag the panel border back to the right.
Emphasized Cursor
If the application host has turned on the option Emphasize Cursor, you will see their cursor surrounded with a circle (the default color is yellow), making it easier for you to follow.
Hosting Options
The Hosting Options dialog box allows you to define how to display the Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing Application Sharing window while you are hosting an Application Sharing session.
To change the Hosting Options in the Preferences dialog, do the following:
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
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2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select Hosting Options under Application Sharing. The Hosting Options preferences panel appears.
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3. Change any options:
Hide content area – Select this option to collapse the Content area of the Blackboard Collaborate interface, leaving only the sidebar visible.
Shared region highlight color – Use this option to set the color of the border surrounding your shared application. The border identifies what is being shared so you
will always know what the viewers of your application share are seeing
Raise shared applications to front – Select this option if you want the application
that is being shared to be brought to the front of all other windows. If the option is
not selected, the application may be hidden behind other windows on your monitor
and the Application Sharing window will be black.
This option does not work on Linux using KDE or Gnome.
Emphasize cursor – Select this option if you would like the cursor in your shared
application to stand out so it is easier for viewers of the shared application to follow
its movements. If set, the viewer’s cursor will be surrounded by a colored circle. (As
host, your view of the cursor is not emphasized.) Click the colored box to the right
to change the highlighter color.
Show a notification – Select this option if you want a Notification window to appear
on your monitor every time you start hosting an Application Sharing session. If you
wish not to have this window appear, de-select this option.
4. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
Chat Options
You can set the font size of the text in the conversation pane anywhere from 7 points to 109
points, in increments of 2 points. The default value is 13 points, which may be influenced by
your system-wide font defaults.
To increase the font size, do one of the following
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From the Tools menu, select Chat and then Increase Font Size.
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From the Chat Options menu, select Increase Font Size.
To decrease the font size, do one of the following
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From the Tools menu, select Chat and then Decrease Font Size.
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From the Chat Options menu, select Decrease Font Size.
Accessibility Options
Notes Options
You can change the size of the text displayed in the Notes editor to make it more readable for
you. The font size of the entire document will change and any changes that were made using the
Decrease and Increase keyboard shortcuts will be overridden.
The available text sizes are 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 28, 32 and 36 points. To
change the font size of the text, do one of the following:
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Select the font size from the Text Size menu in the tool bar of the Notes window.
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Right click (Control-Click on Mac) anywhere in the Notes
editor and select one of the options from the context
menu.
Make Text Bigger – increase the text size to the
next larger size. For example, if the text was set to
12, selecting Make Text Bigger will increase the size
to 13.
Make Text Smaller –decrease the text size to the
next smaller size. For example, if the text was set to
36, selecting Make Text Smaller will decrease the
size to 32.
Default Size –set the text size back to the default
setting of 12. (This value may be different for nonEnglish implementations of Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing.)
Text Size – change the text size to that selected
from the submenu.
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other use, without Blackboard Inc.’s prior written permission, is strictly prohibited.
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